Dating rogers big r drums
From 1964 until 1975, Rogers shells were 5-ply construction of alternating plies of maple and birch wood with reinforcement rings.From late 1975 until 1978 the shells were made up of 5 alternating plies of maple and birch wood with reinforcement rings.The first Rogers drums were assembled from shells and hardware of other manufacturers, but mounted with Rogers heads.In 1953, Joseph Rogers' grandson, Cleveland, who had no heirs, sold the Rogers drum company to Henry Grossman.In particular was a unique cradle in which the snare wires were supported.
Only a small number of wood-shell Dyna-Sonics was made during the lifetime of the drum.
Grossman moved the company to Covington, Ohio, and under his leadership Rogers was propelled to the forefront of American drum making for the next decade and a half.
Design engineer Joe Thompson and marketing guru Ben Strauss were instrumental in Rogers' success during its golden age from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s.
As a result, the snares could be tensioned as tightly as the drummer wanted without having to pull the snares against the head so hard they constrained (choked) the head's vibration.
This and other innovations (for example, a remarkably shallow—4/1000"—snare bed) made possible by the novel tensioning arrangement gave the drum a relatively crisp and recognizably clear sound.